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If you live in New England, you’re no stranger to the extreme weather conditions that winter can bring. This winter season in particular appears to be gearing up to be a good one! Although many homeowners focus on the ground once the snow begins to fall, your MA roofing system shouldn’t be forgotten. This article highlights a few of the most common roofing issues during the winter and what you can do about them.

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Ice Dams

One of the most common roofing issues in MA during the winter is ice dams. These formations occur when the ice from the upper portion of the roof begins to melt, but the lower section has not. The running water then accumulates and re-freezes at the lower part of your roof and gutter systems.

As water continues to pool behind the dam, you’ll be facing the potential of it leaking into your home. Although there is no way to eliminate ice dams from happening, there are precautions that can be taken to minimize the situation.

 

Tree Limbs

Whether it’s strong winds or ice buildup, tree limbs will fall during the winter. Unfortunately, when they hit our roof, damage can occur. The best way to avoid tree damage is to cut back any close limbs during the spring and falls months. Not only will this help protect your roof from damage, but it will also keep your roof clear of debris that can attract critters.

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Flashing Leaks

Most homes have sloped roofs, which means there’s flashing involved. These strips of metal help to keep elements out of the house when placed around chimneys, skylights, and roof edges and corners. However, if flashing is not installed correctly, the harsh winter weather can lead to water leaks and damage inside your home. It’s always best to have your flashing inspected at least once a year to ensure optimal performance.

 

Icicles

Although they look festive, icicles are a danger not only to your home but to your family as well. Often the result of clogged gutters, the weight of an ignored icicle can cause significant damage to your roof and gutter system. Ensuring that your gutters are cleared of debris in the fall is the best way to keep potentially dangerous icicles from forming on your roof.

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Does your MA roofing need a little TLC this winter? If so, contact the experts at Power Construction. Our team can assist with anything from roof repair to gutter cleaning. Call today at (888) 900-1727 and make sure you have no costly surprises this winter!